If you choose for your loved one to participate in ICF/IID now because of the immediate availability of ICF program services in your area, your loved one will still remain at the same place on the HCS interest list. ICF can be a great option while waiting for HCS services; the ICF experience can help promote more effective adjustment to the HCS environment and also provide immediate relief to a family who has unexpected circumstances that require increased focus on other family members. And, of course, some individuals are just ready to move to “their own place” because they have observed their brothers or sisters go off to college, etc…and feel more normal trying out living away from home. It is, however, necessary to call the local authority annually to inform of your ongoing interest in ultimately receiving HCS services.

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